Karen Bussen, Celebrity Wedding Planner & Author

Your celebration should be a beautiful reflection of who you are as a couple. Each choice you make, from your venue and menu to your dress to décor, should harmonize with your personality and unique style. But although your wedding lasts only a day, if you plan well and choose wisely, you can enjoy the details of your big day for days and even years to come. Here are some fun tips to help extend the life of your party into your married life, as you welcome friends and family into your home.

Versatile Candles: On your big day, use white, unscented pillar candles (the thicker ones) for your centerpieces or on a mantel at the reception. After the party, take them home and collect them in your “Party Pantry.” Candles add instant atmosphere to any get-together, and with a stash of white pillars, you’ll have glowing light for many fun occasions to come.

Party Pantry 101: A Party Pantry is a place in your home where you gather things to make entertaining easier and more fun – candles, festive platters, pretty glasses. So as you’re planning your wedding décor, think about things you’d like to have in your home and weave them into your wedding design. For more ideas on creating your own Party Pantry, check out my book, Simple Stunning Parties at Home.

Playful Place Card Holders: If you and your fiancé are “foodies,”, I love these wine cork place cards holders, which are available on You can use these at your head table at the reception, then take them home to reuse at your next dinner party.

Fanciful Frames: Need stylish table numbers for your reception? Buy an assortment of great picture frames, then print out numbers on paper and frame them. Display them on your tables at the party to help guests find their seats, then take them home afterwards and frame all your great wedding photos.

A Toast to You: If you’ll purchase special toasting flutes for your reception, don’t just put them away in a box when you get home after the honeymoon. Display them proudly and use them to share a glass of bubbly Prosecco or Champagne for a romantic at-home dinner or breakfast in bed.

Chic Customization: Personalized cocktail napkins are great for your reception. When you order them, just leave off the date and use your initials or first names only. This way, if you have leftovers after the wedding, you can use them at home for cocktail parties with friends.

Beautiful Vases: Keep a few of the vases from your centerpieces and use them throughout your home – in your bedroom, on a kitchen counter, or gathered together in the center of your dining table. They will always remind you of your special day.


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